Escobar pulled with abdominal strain

Escobar pulled with abdominal strain

ATLANTA -- When Braves manager Bobby Cox heard that Yunel Escobar had suffered an abdominal strain during Thursday afternoon's 6-2 loss to the Marlins, he initially thought he might be without his talented shortstop for an extended period of time.

While this might still prove to be true, Escobar believes there's a chance that he won't even miss a game.

Whether Escobar is available for Friday night's series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park remains to be seen, but Cox knows he'll spend at least the next two weeks without Jorge Campillo, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fatigued right shoulder on Thursday.

Escobar strained his abdominal muscle while making his customary jump in the on-deck circle before his fifth-inning at-bat. This jumping exercise is something he's performed before every at-bat throughout his Major League career.

The Braves' medical staff informed Cox that Escobar will be out for three or four games. But with Braves bench coach Chino Cadahia serving as his interpreter, the 26-year-old Cuban shortstop said that he is hoping to be in Friday night's lineup.

Chipper Jones is expected to miss his third straight game Friday with a bruised left thumb. The 36-year-old third baseman is holding out hope he'll be able to return to the lineup Saturday.

Campillo has had trouble generating his normal velocity during the early portion of the regular season. When this was evident again during Thursday's ninth inning, the Braves opted to place him on the disabled list. The 30-year-old right-hander, who pitched for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, said he's been battling a dead arm since the start of Spring Training.

James Parr will be promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday to take Campillo's roster spot. Parr was 1-0 with a 4.84 ERA in five September starts for Atlanta last year.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.